The Cedar Cultural Center does it again! They will once again infuse the Twin Cities music scene with the work of one of the finest songwriters America has ever enjoyed. Dave Alvin returns to reprise and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his classic album King Of California. Tickets and details can be found HERE.
Alvin is about as Americana as you can get. He originally exploded on the popular music scene in the early 80’s with his brother Phil and their Rockabilly powerhouse, The Blasters. Along the way he has dabbled in the punk scene with LA icons X. He has mixed it up with country legends like Jimmie Dale Gilmore and heavy rock projects like The Flesheaters.
Is he a blues man? Punk, rocker, country boy, folk singer? The answer is all of the above. Dave Alvin does things with a Fender Strat not many can. Add to that his distinctive baritone voice and you have a potent mix. He’s one of the true road dogs of the music world and all that time on stage has left us with something akin to fine aged whiskey.
Despite a long list of well received records, King Of California continues to stand the test of time. Alvin’s regular sets with his own band or collaborations with others regularly feature songs from the album. It was produced by Greg Leisz, well known for his work with Americana stalwarts like Lucinda Williams. Alvin eschewed the electric for an acoustic and much of the album was live tracked. When done well, live tracking allows tracks to leap off the vinyl. Special attention was also paid to showcasing that remarkable voice. King of California is, by every definition, an American classic.
For those who have loved the album for the last quarter century, this promises to be a special night. For those new to Alvin, it will be an opportunity to experience one of the finest Americana albums ever laid down.